Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2015 - 14


DESIGN LEADERSHIP
BREATHE O2 WALL

DESIGN AWARD
CATEGORY: EXTERNAL GREEN WALL
PROJECT: BREATHE O2
LOCATION: GRAND RAPIDS, MI

TEAM MEMBERS

BREATHE WALL AT NIGHT

Designer, System Manufacturer, Plant Supplier, Installer:
Dave MacKenzie, LiveWall, LLC
Business Developer: Amber Ponce, LiveWall, LLC
"The largest graphic includes a windblown
pattern of color in which white flowers
spell Breathe O2 and symbolize the air.
The green patterns, above and below,
represent the forests and fields. And,
the yellow in the upper right hand
corner symbolizes the sun, which fuels
photosynthesis, which yields oxygen. This
vital process happens within the leaves,
and therefore 'Breathe' also features leafshaped graphics of Michigan native trees,
including catalpa, oak, beech and maple. "
Dave MacKenzie,
Artist.

THE FUSION OF ART AND NATURE
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ntitled 'Breathe', this living art project at ArtPrize®, the world's
largest publicly voted art contest, is home to more than 3500
plants and reaches over 20 feet tall at its peak and stretches 150
feet long.
Using the LiveWall® system as the canvas, the entry surrounds
and buffers the noise and odors of the city around it. 'Breathe' was
inspired by the idea of restoring the built environment to a more
natural state and restore balance to urban settings by reintroducing vegetation lost during urbanization. 16" wide planters were
serviced by a spray nozzle which delivered rain-like irrigation to
the plants contained within across the 1500 square foot wall with
drain holes at the bottom of each planter.
LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / WINTER 2015 / 14

In the first summer, a palette of over 70 different species
created an abstract art piece. After the annuals had been spent
by colder temperatures, they were replaced with perennials. The
following summer, sections of the wall were planted with 700
square feet of herbs, greens and vegetables.
That fall, the remaining edibles were harvested, and prefabricated panels were added to the wall to create curvilinear
extensions again transforming the structure into a work of art.
The installation was specifically designed to challenge and
inspire each viewer to think differently about the constructed
world-about how that world might look and feel if integrated
with nature.
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